Hello, Crafty Peeples!
I decided to celebrate the New Year by stepping out of my comfort zone by trying a New Craft technique.
NEW TECHNIQUE: WOOD BENDING
NEW CRAFTING SKILL: Making Bracelets from Craft/Popsicle Sticks.
I initally wanted to learn how to do this to lead a special art class with my grandson, Josh, and his classmates. But, since the fun part (bending the sticks) requires time, I may do cards instead.
You can bend the smaller sticks as well, but they are thicker and tend to take longer. I slowly formed my bracelet blank by carefully shaping the wood around the "outside" of the glass and then fixing it in place with the vice clips. After an hour or so, I put the shaped blank into pot of hot water and let it sit for 30 minutes and then placed it inside the glass to take on it's final shape.
I will post links to some videos at the end of this post.
Decorate as your mojo directs. I wrapped this one with Washi Tape, sprayed with Butterscotch Colorwash and then applied TH Vintage Photo. A coat of Mod Podge was applied after each color layer. After the Mod Podge dried and before applying the next color layer, I flattend the Washi tape on the to shape the bracelet. This bracelet has about 7 layers of Mod Podge.
Adding the bling was a last minute decision.
If you are good with a wood burning tool. It is possible to burn names into the bracelets. All I had was a soldering tool. It worked okay. I also tried putting texture paste on and coloring. I was not so pleased, but I think I just used the wrong stencil.
Here are a few links:
I hope you will give this a try and let me know your results.
Happy New Year!
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